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The table below shows the salaries of secondary/high school teachers in 2009. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparison where relevant.

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The tendency of news reports in the media to focus more on problems and emergencies rather than on positive developments is harmful to the individuals and the society as a whole.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


The table compares secondary and high school teachers’ salaries in five countries in

Overall, while teachers in Luxembourg were the most well-paid, teachers from Australia
were the lowest-paid. In addition, the amount of time it took for a teacher in Denmark
to earn the maximum salary was much faster than most other countries.

Secondary and high school teachers in Luxembourg were paid a starting salary of
$80,000 a year, while the figure for teachers in Denmark was significantly lower, at
$45,000. Additionally, the starting salary for an inexperienced teacher in other countries
stood at around $30,000.

However, teachers with at least 15 years of experience in Luxembourg earned up to
$119,000 a year, while teachers in Denmark and Japan with the same level of experience
only made salaries of $54,000 and $65,000 respectively. Meanwhile, Australian and
Korean teachers with at least 15 years’ experience were paid the lowest salaries, at $48,000 a year. Also worth noting is that it only took teachers in Australia and Denmark
less than 10 years to receive their maximum salary, while teachers in the other countries
had to wait for at least 30 years.

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It is believed by some that mainstream media channels focus most of their attention on
the problems and urgent issues in society rather than on positive news, and this trend is
harmful to people. I partly agree with this idea because this tendency has both positive
and negative impacts.

On the one hand, a higher frequency of news stories focusing on negative aspects
of society can have detrimental effects on people’s mental state. For example, news
about terrorism and war has become so common in the media that some people may
hesitate to travel abroad for fear of a terrorist attack. Secondly, it can also lead people
to misunderstand many aspects within society. For example, many tabloids, such as
14Channel of Vietnam, have always focused on exploiting the scandals of celebrities,
which can mislead the public into believing in the flaws of the Vietnamese showbiz.

However, in reality, it is an industry where many people are contributing many great
values to society.

On the other hand, the focus on negative issues rather than positive developments
is advantageous in some way. Firstly, the media is an effective way to disseminate
information, to even the most remote places, and this can help to bring people together
in order to solve serious problems. Secondly, it can help to raise awareness amongst
citizens. The more negative stories appear in the media, the higher chance that people
will become aware of those problems and take action towards a solution. For instance,
news about cancer has now become a common topic in the media, and as a result, a
large number of people have switched to a healthier lifestyle.

In conclusion, there are legitimate reasons for the media to report on all issues, although
the accompanying negative impacts need to be considered.

(296 words – Band 8.0)

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